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Tanney time! Alex Tanney reportedly returning to Giants

Former backup set to return with Giants in need of quarterback insurance

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Head coach Joe Judge indicated Monday afternoon that the New York Giants would be bringing in another quarterback as insurance with Daniel Jones’ status uncertain due to his hamstring injury.

Judge also indicated that the Giants were intending to move quickly to get that quarterback through the COVID-19 testing protocols in time to be available Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. The Giants have apparently done just that, reportedly bringing back former backup Alex Tanney for a visit. Thus, Tanney could begin COVID-19 testing now and be eligible by Sunday.

Tanney, of course, spent the 2018 and 2019 seasons with the Giants as a backup for Eli Manning and then Jones. He played in only one game during that time, completing his only pass.

Tanney, originally undrafted, has been in the league since 2012 with a number of teams.

Having spent the spring and summer learning the basics of the offensive system installed by Judge and Jason Garrett, Tanney should be able to get up to speed quickly.

If Jones can’t play Sunday, Colt McCoy would start. Clayton Thorson, a 2019 fifth-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles who is currently on the practice squad, would be elevated to the game day roster as the No. 2 quarterback.